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Carlisle man admits drink-driving charge

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A farm worker has appeared before Carlisle Magistrates Court today (THURS) and admitted a charge of drink-driving.

The offence took place on Victoria Viaduct, around 10:20pm on 26 May when a police officer observed Paul Lewis Nicholson, 21, of Ellesmere Way, Carlisle walking and stumbling towards the Bush Brow car park.

He got into a VW Golf car and drove towards the traffic-lights on Victoria Viaduct, where he was stopped by police and found to be over the drink-drive limit.

Because of the level of intoxication he was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, he undertook a blood test and the reading was 187-microgrammes per litre of blood, over twice the legal limit of 80-millilitres.

Nicholson told District Judge Gerald Chalk he is a farm worker and drives tractors on the roads and could loose his job if banned, he said he was hoping to go to New Zealand to work in the future; “It was a stupid mistake I made, I should have got a taxi like most people would”.

Nicholson was disqualified for 18-months with a fine of £400 and court costs of £125, he was offered a drink-drivers rehabilitation course which could reduce his ban by 18-weeks.

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